Jo Miles from Portslade joined the Midnight Walk on 11 June to raise money for us in recognition of the support we gave her whole family when her Grandad died.
Her Grandad, Tom Thompson, was cared for in his own home by the Hospice, with our nurses providing overnight support to allow Jo’s Nan the chance to rest. His final wish, to die at home, was granted thanks to our care.
Jo said: “Grandad was really poorly for about 18 months and the care the whole family received from the Hospice during that time was amazing. The nurses were so lovely, they were chatty and always asked how the family was too; which was important.
“Grandad sometimes visited the Hospice and enjoyed the Day Services, making some friends there; the nurses there were really supportive of my Nan too.
“There was a nurse who’d stay overnight, to give my Nan the chance to sleep, it made a big difference; she was such a nice lady.
“Grandad really didn’t want to go into hospital and thanks to the Martlets he was able to have his wish and be treated and eventually pass away at home, surrounded by his family. It was lovely and peaceful.
“After Grandad had died they continued to help the whole family. My son, Aiden, was only five and he had just lost his Great-Grandad who was his best friend. The nurses really helped us to explain things to him; they were fantastic.
“Doing the Midnight Walk is my way of giving something back, it’s the first time I’ve done it but I’m absolutely going to manage the whole distance.”